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latrous requisitions. So that, under existing circumstances, every Christian in the army or the navy may be called, by the folly or the impiety of his superiors, to choose between poverty and, disgrace on the one hand, or the violation of the laws of God and the dictates of his conscience on the other.
We have had occasion to notice the difficulties with which the Naval and Military Bible Society have had to contend; and regret to add, that those difficulties are not entirely removed. But why, we ask, why do not the opposers of voluntary Bible Societies themselves step forward and render the institutions, they condemn, unnecessary? Why should not every soldier and every sailor be supplied, on his entering the army or navy, with a Bible and Prayer Book? and why should not these inestimable treasures be numbered among the soldier's or the sailor's necessaries, and regularly inspected as such? The great object of Christian benevolence would thus be attained, and the Commander in Chief would add another to the numerous benefits he has already bestowed on the army.
Meanwhile we thank God for what our eyes have seen and our ears heard. We have to mourn over existing evils, and still remaining iniquities; but in looking back to former years, we are compelled to say, What hath God wrought! our Bible, and Missionary, and Jews, and School Societies are producing incalculable benefit; and the very exertions of the enemies of religion are recoiling upon themselves. No one can observe the opposition recently made in Ireland to the London Hibernian and other Societies, and not feel that such opposition must be over-ruled for good. A spirit of inquiry is already excited; in every place where religious meetings have been interrupted, the question is now asking, Why is this? The Popish priests are attempting public discussion, and have, in our judgment, exposed the weakness of their cause in the debate at Carrick on Shannon, as noticed in this Number, and have since experienced a similar defeat at Carlow, where the Protestant disputants have been exposed to considerable personal danger.
Let not, however, the friends of religion remit their exertions; the Roman Catholics are evidently plotting some new attempts; they are collecting money throughout the country, under the specious name of the Catholic Rent, to which even some Protestants are weak enough to subscribe. How this money is to be applied, we know not; but one fact has been communicated, that at a late Bible Society in Ireland a large part of 600 tickets, at 10d. each, was purchased by Catholics, and the peace and good order of the meeting consequently interrupted. The Papists are evidently aiming to obtain command of the public press; and while it is well known, that a most popular Magazine, and a professedly loyal Newspaper have been corrupted to advocate the cause of slavery, we shall not wonder at discovering new advocates for papal superstition springing up when Parliament shall assemble. Our line of conduct is however decided. We purpose to pay increasing attention to their proceedings, and to furnish, under the title of The Protestant', in each succeeding number, a few pages more especially calculated to expose their artful and malignant attempts. Meanwhile, He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh them to scorn, the Lord shall have them in derision." Only let Protestants be firm to their principles; let Christians be more active, zealous, liberal in charity, and fervent in prayer, and " God, even our own God, shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall see his salvation."
TO BIOGRAPHY, RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATIONS, &c. &c. &c.
W. K. Mr.
Carrick on Shannon, Discussion at .. 505
. 1, 41, 81, 121
Catholics, Irish.... ... 276, 318, 439
Wait, Mrs. Wilhelmina... 478 Church of England Tract Society ....154
to the 78th Highlanders 452
Collins, Obituary of Mr..
Complaint of Deafness
Considerations, Morning and Evening. 466
34 Contrast, the; or, Death-bed Scenes. 97
34 Contemplations in Pn Churchyard.. 180
Balm in Gilead::
Barbadoes, Riót at...
77 Creation, the Old and New